URI hosts chemistry camp for middle school girls, April 20-24

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WHO: URI Chemistry Professor Mindy Levine, URI chemistry students, and middle school girls from throughout Rhode Island.

WHAT: A weeklong chemistry camp for girls designed to spark their interest in science. Levine seeks to reverse the trend of girls losing interest in science during their middle school years. The camp features hands-on experiments, motivational guest speakers and field trips. For instance, on Monday afternoon, students will conduct a forensic investigation using lipstick and then make lava in a cup. On Wednesday, they will conduct an experiment using cornstarch to enable them to walk on water, conduct the famous Diet Coke and Mentos experiment, and study non-Newtonian fluids by making “gak” and slime from household products.

WHEN: The camp runs all week April 20 through 24, but media are encouraged to visit the camp on Monday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. or Wednesday from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: In the Galanti Lounge on the third floor of the URI Library, 15 Lippitt Rd., Kingston.

CONTACT: For information about covering the camp, contact Todd McLeish in the URI Department of Communications and Marketing at 401-874-7892 or tmcleish@uri.edu.

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